FIFA has suspended Cook Islands Football Association president Lee Harmon for three months for his involvement in the resale of World Cup tickets.

The governing body for football said it opened an investigation into the issue last July after Russia 2018.

The FIFA ethics committee has now “ratified the plea bargain,” put forward by both the chairperson of its investigatory chamber and Harmon.

The FIFA statement said that “the parties have mutually agreed” on a fine of 20,000 Swiss francs (€17,600/$19,700/£15,000) and a three-month suspension from taking part in any football activity at national or international level.

Harmon, who has headed up football in the Cook Islands since 1997, will not be able to attend next week’s FIFA Council meeting, at which the remaining 36 members will discuss plans to revamp the Club World Cup and start an international Nations League, as well as the proposed expansion of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar from 32 teams to 48.

Harmon is one of the three representatives of the Oceania Football Confederation for the FIFA Council.

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